Definition of Brown rat

1. Noun. Common domestic rat; serious pest worldwide.

Exact synonyms: Norway Rat, Rattus Norvegicus
Generic synonyms: Rat
Group relationships: Genus Rattus, Rattus
Specialized synonyms: Wharf Rat, Sewer Rat

Definition of Brown rat

1. Noun. A common species of rat, ''Rattus norvegicus''. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Brown Rat

brown layer
brown lemming
brown lung
brown noser
brown nosers
brown oak
brown oedema
brown onion sauce
brown oriole
brown out
brown outs
brown owl
brown pellicle
brown pine
brown power
brown rat (current term)
brown rats
brown recluse
brown recluse spider
brown recluse spiders
brown recluses
brown rice
brown root rot fungus
brown rot
brown rot gummosis
brown sauce
brown snail
brown soft scale
brown spot
brown spots

Literary usage of Brown rat

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Preventive Medicine and Hygiene by Milton Joseph Rosenau, George Chandler Whipple, John William Trask, Thomas William Salmon (1921)
"Tie brown rat is also known as the gray rat, barn rat, wharf rat, sewer rat, and Norway rat ... The brown rat differs somewhat in habits from the black rat, ..."

2. Proceedings of the Cambridge Philosophical Society by Cambridge Philosophical Society (1906)
"In colour all the rats which I have bred have been either brown (wild colour), black, or albino. The brown rat is ..."

3. The Encyclopædia of Geography: Comprising a Complete Description of the by Hugh Murray, William Wallace, Robert Jameson, William Jackson Hooker, William Swainson, Thomas Gamaliel Bradford (1839)
"... for a forewarning of approaching danger, which they have not the means of detecting by sight. (Griff". Си».) The brown rat ... 580 brown rat Gaulle. ..."

4. The Illustrated Natural History by John George Wood (1865)
"... instead of the reddish-brown hue which tinges the coat of the brown Rat The ... the manner in which the brown Rat has su; its black relation is not by ..."

5. Natural History of the Mammalia of India and Ceylon by Robert Armitage Sterndale (1884)
"The brown rat of India is identical with that of Europe, ... It was supposed by Pallas that the brown rat crossed over into Russia about the year 1727. ..."

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